Edinson Cavani will not be available for Manchester United‘s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, October 17. The 33-year-old center-forward who joined Manchester United this summer is still under quarantine to ascertain that he is coronavirus free.
The Uruguayan football icon could not extend his contract with Paris Saint Germain which made him a free agent throughout the summer. Despite links with a couple of clubs including Porto and Leeds United, the striker joined Manchester United for free on October 4.
This means that Edinson Cavani has not kicked a ball in a competitive match since June when he left PSG. United’s fans would have to wait until Tuesday, October 20 before they can see Cavani in action if United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deems him fit to play against PSG in a UEFA Champions League group match.
Cavani signed a two-year deal with Manchester United a week ago despite how PSG forced him out of the club’s set-up before the end of the 2020-2021 season. He had to self-isolate for 14 days before he can join the Manchester United’s squad.
Some fans of the club and even some of United’s legends are not happy with Cavani’s move to United. One of the prominent voices that have spoken up against the deal is Manchester United’s legend, Paul Scholes.
Paul Scholes said Manchester United should have offered the 33-year-old striker two to three months deal instead of the two-year deal the club offered him. The retired football star described the deal as “very strange”.
“Obviously in his day, he’s been a top-quality center-forward”, Paul Scholes said. “There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He’s not played a lot of football for PSG last season.
“Five, six years ago, yeah he’s a great signing, he’ll take us onto that next level possibly. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.
“But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.
“If you’re struggling without a center-forward it should be a two or three-month loan signing just to get through a sticky period.
“Similar to what Henrik Larsson did. A brilliant center-forward, 33, 34 years of age, he just filled a little gap for us, which was exactly what we needed.
“I see Cavani as that kind of person, not at 33 coming to sign a two-year contract. I find it very strange. But he won’t, he’ll be loving it. I’m sure he will.”
Edinson Cavani has played for a couple of clubs across Europe but spent the best of his football career at Napoli and Paris Saint Germain. Before he joined Manchester United this summer, he has scored a total number of 341 club career goals and has provided 65 assists in 556 appearances.